Binghamton Rumble Ponies
Binghamton Rumble Ponies|
Founded in 1987
Binghamton, New York
Based in Binghamton since 1992
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||Eastern League (1987–present)|
|Major league affiliations|
|Current||New York Mets (1992–present)|
|Minor league titles|
|League titles (3)||
|Division titles (3)||
|Nickname||Binghamton Rumble Ponies (2017-future)|
Binghamton Mets (1992–2016)Williamsport Bills (1987–1991)
Navy blue, red, silver, white|
|John Hughes/Evans Street Baseball|
|General Manager||Jim Weed|
The Binghamton Rumble Ponies are an American minor league baseball team based in Binghamton, New York. The team, which plays in the Eastern League, is the Double-A affiliate of the New York Mets major-league club. The Rumble Ponies play in NYSEG Stadium, located in Binghamton.
Prior to moving to Binghamton for 1992, the franchise played in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, from 1987 to 1991 as the Williamsport Bills. The team was an affiliate of the Cleveland Indians in 1987 and 1988, and was affiliated with the Seattle Mariners during the 1989 and 1990 seasons before being purchased by the New York Mets in 1991.
The Bills franchise was actually two separate franchises. After the 1988 season, the original owners moved the Bills to Hagerstown, Maryland, while the Eastern League franchise based in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, moved back to Williamsport before the 1989 season. It was the latest in a long series of moves for the Pittsfield franchise, which was originally based in Williamsport in 1976 and later moved to Jersey City, New Jersey, from 1977 through 1978 and then Buffalo, New York, from 1979 through 1984.
The current franchise is planning to change the team's name effective for the 2017 season and is committed to staying in Binghamton for the foreseeable future. The team held a name-the-team contest on its website from May 17th to June 1st; the finalists were the Bullheads (for the bullhead catfish abundant in the nearby Susquehanna River), Gobblers (for the rich hunting culture of the area, as well as the turkeys in Binghamton), Rocking Horses (for the Triple Cities' nickname as the "Carousel Capital of The World"), Rumble Ponies (also a carousel tribute), Stud Muffins (for the collections of carousel horses in Binghamton), and Timber Jockeys (for everyone who rides the carousels). On November 3, 2016, the team announced that they would be rebranding as the Binghamton Rumble Ponies and released a new logo.
- Outfielder Benny Agbayani
- Third baseman Edgardo Alfonzo
- Pitcher Brian Bannister
- Outfielder Jason Bay
- Pitcher PJ Bevis
- Infielder Mike Carp
- Catcher Alberto Castillo
- First baseman Brian Daubach
- First Baseman Ike Davis
- Pitcher Octavio Dotel
- Outfielder Nick Evans
- Pitcher Nelson Figueroa
- Outfielder Carlos Gómez
- Pitcher Aaron Heilman
- Catcher Justin Huber
- Pitcher Phil Humber
- Infielder Butch Huskey
- Pitcher Jason Isringhausen
- Catcher/First baseman Mike Jacobs
- Pitcher Bobby J. Jones
- Pitcher Scott Kazmir
- Infielder Jeff Keppinger
- Infielder Mike Kinkade
- Pitcher Cory Lidle
- Outfielder Terrance Long
- Outfielder Lastings Milledge
- Pitcher Kevin Mulvey
- Outfielder Daniel Murphy
- Pitcher Jon Niese
- Shortstop Rey Ordóñez
- Pitcher Henry Owens
- Pitcher Bobby Parnell
- Outfielder Jay Payton
- Pitcher Mike Pelfrey
- Pitcher Yusmeiro Petit
- Catcher Jason Phillips
- Outfielder Curtis Pride
- Pitcher Bill Pulsipher
- Pitcher Matt Lindstrom
- Outfielder Fernando Martinez
- Outfielder Ángel Pagán
- Shortstop José Reyes
- Pitcher Saul Rivera
- Infielder Josh Satin
- Outfielder Esix Snead
- Catcher Josh Thole
- Outfielder Jason Tyner
- Outfielder Alan Watson
- Pitcher Paul Wilson
- Outfielder Preston Wilson
- Infielder Ty Wigginton
- Third baseman David Wright
Binghamton Rumble Ponies roster
(Place indicates finish in Eastern League from 1987–93 and in the Northern Division from 1994. Bold indicates League Champion)
- Williamsport Bills
- 1987: 60–79 (7th), managers Steve Swisher & Orlando Gomez
- 1988: 66–73 (6th), manager Mike Hargrove
- 1989: 63–77 (7th), manager Jay Ward
- 1990: 61–79 (7th), manager Rich Morales
- 1991: 60–79 (7th), manager Clint Hurdle
- Binghamton Mets
- 1992: 79–59 (2nd), manager Steve Swisher
- 1993: 68–72 (5th), manager Steve Swisher
- 1994: 82–59 (1st), manager John Tamargo
- 1995: 67–75 (4th), manager John Tamargo
- 1996: 76–66 (2nd), manager John Tamargo
- 1997: 66–76 (4th), manager Rick Sweet
- 1998: 82–60 (2nd), manager John Gibbons
- 1999: 54–88 (6th), manager Doug Davis
- 2000: 82–58 (1st), manager Doug Davis
- 2001: 73–68 (4th), manager Howie Freiling
- 2002: 73–68 (3rd), manager Howie Freiling
- 2003: 63–78 (5th), manager John Stearns
- 2004: 76–66 (2nd), manager Ken Oberkfell
- 2005: 63–79 (6th), manager Jack Lind
- 2006: 70–70 (3rd), manager Juan Samuel
- 2007: 61–81 (6th), manager Mako Oliveras
- 2008: 73–69 (3rd), manager Mako Oliveras
- 2009: 54–86 (6th), manager Mako Oliveras
- 2010: 66–76 (5th), manager Tim Teufel
- 2011: 65–76 (5th), manager Wally Backman
- 2012: 68–74 (5th), manager Pedro López
- 2013: 86–55 (2nd), manager Pedro López
- 2014: 83–59 (1st), manager Pedro López
- 2015: 77-64 (2nd), manager Pedro López
- 2016: 63-77 (5th), manager Pedro López
- 1992 season: Defeated Harrisburg, 3–1 in first round; defeated Canton-Akron 3–2 in league championship.
- 1994 season: Defeated New Haven, 3–0 in first round; defeated Harrisburg 3–1 in league championship.
- 1996 season: Lost to Portland, 3–2 in first round.
- 1998 season: Lost to New Britain, 3–1 in first round.
- 2000 season: Lost to New Haven, 3–1 in first round.
- 2004 season: Lost to New Hampshire, 3–1 in first round.
- 2013 season: Lost to Trenton, 3–0 in first round.
- 2014 season: Defeated Portland, 3–2 in first round, defeated Richmond 3-0 in league championship.
- 2015 season: Lost to Reading, 3-0 in first round.
- "B-Mets changing name as part of team rebranding". WBNG. 10 March 2016. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
- Caputo, Paul (May 17, 2016). "Introducing your Binghamton Bronies? (No, Not Really)". Chris Creamer's SportsLogos.Net. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
- "Binghamton Name the Team Finals". Binghamton Mets.
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